Today I’m sharing another fantastic DIY project that I found in Decorate for a Party by Holly Becker and Leslie Shewring. This patterned branch would be a great photo backdrop for a party or could even be hung in your home to introduce a rustic feeling to the room. I love to decorate my living room for autumn with pumpkins and flowers, so I’d hang something like this above my sideboard, using autumnal colours and textured fabrics.This project is also a great way to use up all those fabric offcuts that are too small and thin to use but that you just can’t throw can away! If you have a rummage through your sewing cupboard you’ll probably find all the scraps you need! Or you can buy some low-cost fabric odds-and-ends or ribbons from the haberdashery. It’s a really quick and simple project and all the step-by-step details are below. Plus, there’s a couple more ideas for using branches and fabric this autumn too, such as this fun den and cute packed lunches (below). Have fun making this autumnal decoration and let me know how you get on if you give it a try!This branch can be made before your party to mark the party spot or later, during your party by inviting the children to help you, because it’s easy and fun. Or, for a party you’re hosting at home, you can make one to display over a buffet or even in another room of your home as additional decor.
YOU WILL NEED a straight branch, cotton fabrics in various prints, white linen (lightweight), pine cones, thin copper wire, scissors, string
STEP ONE: Tear your white linen in strips. Ours are a little over 1m/1 yard long. You could cut them neatly, but we like the torn look as it’s more natural.
STEP TWO: Tie strips onto the branch. You can form a U-shape loop and lay beneath branch, then pull both ends through, or you can simply tie them on. You can also loosely wrap without tying. It’s so easy, anything works!
STEP THREE: Cut or tear a selection of strips from your printed fabrics.
STEP FOUR: Tie the patterned strips among the white ones. Remember to keep a small space between them to insert pine cones. You can then tie string to the pine cones and tie to the branch, letting the pine cones hang at various lengths.
STEP FIVE: Wrap the wire multiple times around each end of your branch, allowing enough to form a ‘V’ shape that you can hang from the branch of a tree.
You can use all creamy white linen for a different look, and use feathers instead of pine cones. Mix things up and give it a try – you’ll love how it turns out.
Extracted from Decorate for a Party by Holly Becker and Leslie Shewring, published by Jacqui Small (£20). All images © Holly Becker